A 63-year-old taxi driver who had been jailed four times for overcharging his passengers has pleaded guilty to the same offense and nine other charges.
The driver, surnamed Wong, admitted before an Eastern District magistrate’s court on Monday that he overcharged a passenger on Dec. 24 last year after he was convicted of the same offense in June of the same year, Apple Daily reports.
The court heard that Wong, who has worked as a taxi driver for more than 30 years, picked up the passenger at the Peak and took him to the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel as requested.
Without flagging down the meter, Wong asked for a fare of HK$300 for the trip that is supposed to cost only HK$75 upon arriving at the destination.
However, he was arrested immediately after the passenger identified himself as a police officer who participated in an operation aimed at cracking down on overcharging by taxi drivers.
He was charged with a total of 10 offences, including overcharging, failure to use the meter, and driving a vehicle that was not in serviceable condition.
The judge said Wong deserved no leniency as he was a repeat offender.
His sentence will be given on March 21.
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